I have had the opportunity to read several of Kathy koch's books in the last year and all have been absolutely wonderful. the amount of knowledge she has regarding the functions of the brain and personality of all ages is profound.
the one thing I appreciate the most from Koch is that she made it very clear in each chapter that the only way to truly be fulfilled and satisfied is through our relationship with christ. without him, no core need would be able to be met through our own attempts.
the book is structured with the following eight chapters:
- becoming whole
- chutes & ladders: how everything connects
- security: who can I trust?
- identity: who am I?
- belonging: who wants me?
- purpose: why am I alive?
- competence: what do I do well?
- the change process
she also spends an entire chapter discussing how each of the five core needs are interconnected and build upon each other.
the beautiful thing about this book is that it is applicable to not only yourself but also to how you interact with others. you can apply the principles to your own life to make sure your core needs are met appropriately but also to the core needs of others and doing what you can to help them be met.
so what exactly are the core needs? through the introduction, koch describes the fact that God created us with purpose and meaning. the five core needs are essential to understanding and implementing our place in God's world.
she provides several challenges and activities throughout the book in order to apply what you've learned to your own life. applicability is vital to retaining what you learned and taking it a step further from knowledge.
I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.